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ClinOps I.M.P.A.C.T. Posts - February 15, 2017



[Technology] The Johns Hopkins Hospital Launches Capacity Command Center to Enhance Hospital Operations: “The Johns Hopkins Hospital Capacity Command Center, designed and built with GE Healthcare Partners (GE), combines the latest in systems engineering, predictive analytics and innovative problem-solving to better manage patient safety, experience, volume, and the movement of patients in and out of the hospital, enabling greater access to Johns Hopkins’ lifesaving services.” click here


[Cybersecurity] Top 10 cybersecurity must-haves for 2017: “We talked to four security experts to garner insights on changes that must be made within the healthcare industry to avoid repeating 2016's cybersecurity mishaps.” click here





Patient Portal Use Growing as Engagement Efforts Take Priority: “Ninety-eight percent of patients have patient portal access, showing a large increase in patient engagement efforts.” click here


An Examination of the Relationship Between Care Management With Coaching for Activation and Patient Outcomes: Health coaching has an impact on chronic care management by drawing on individual patient activation levels. click here





[Competency] The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) is pleased to announce training webinars on the delivery of geriatric competent care and meaningful member engagement. These webinars offer training opportunities to health plans to improve the quality and delivery of care for dually eligible individuals. These webinars provide resources for health plan and PACE organization staff, as well as physicians, nurses, social workers, care managers, family caregivers, staff at social service agencies, consumer organizations, those who care for people with dementia and providers serving individuals who need assistance with decision-making. click here


[Leadership insights] Improving Partnerships Between Health Plans and Medical Groups: “3 common themes to creating successful collaborations between health plans and ACOs/medical groups. They are: 1) building an explicit relational infrastructure, 2) engaging practitioners as full partners, and 3) collecting and using data to improve mutually agreed upon outcomes.” click here





'Somewhere in between': Finding the balance between quality and the bottom line: “As healthcare continues its shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, hospitals and health systems are working steadily to try and improve quality while reducing costs. However, striking a balance between the two can be challenging.” click here


Urgent need for emergency department optimization: “Hospitals are under regulatory pressure to reduce emergency department (ED) costs, improve efficiency, and increase throughput capacity, which ultimately impact hospital revenue and patient satisfaction scores.” Three key steps to ED Optimization can be found in this article. click here




Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health: “Health expenditure is rising again in most OECD countries, yet, a considerable part of this health expenditure makes little or no contribution to improving people's health. In some cases, it even results in worse health outcomes. Countries could potentially spend significantly less on health care with no impact on health system performance, or on health outcomes. This report systematically reviews strategies put in place by countries to limit ineffective spending and waste.” Read online for free at click here

Will the cost of cancer drugs break the economy: “If left unchecked, the rising cost of cancer drugs could have devastating implications for individuals, societies and national economies, a group of cancer physicians and researchers said. In a new paper published Tuesday in Nature Reviews: Clinical Oncology, the cancer experts excoriated the pharmaceutical industry for pricing oncology drugs at rates that make them inaccessible and are unjustifiably high given the often scant benefit some of these drugs bring patients.” click here



[Alliances and partnerships] Encouraging Progress on the State of Obesity in the United States: “Teaming up to reverse childhood obesity has yielded promising results—including new data that shows rates among 2-4 year olds enrolled in the federal WIC program have declined in 31 states. But the work is far from over.” click here

[Alliances and partnerships] Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC):“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is proud to support the work of Child Health Services at MCHC because they share our commitment to creating and fostering healthy communities. They serve some of the most vulnerable kids in our city, providing outstanding care, promoting healthy lifestyles and filling an important need that is helping to strengthen the entire community.” Lisa Guertin, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire click here


[Wellness] Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiative “to support innovative efforts to increase nutritious foods, physical activity, economic vitality, safety and wellness in local schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Initiatives takes a prevention-driven approach to health, supporting policies and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active living (often referred to as HEAL) in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.” click here





10 top patient safety issues for 2017: “The Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality editorial team chose the following 10 patient safety issues for providers to prioritize in 2017, presented below in no particular order, based on news, study findings and trends reported in the past year.” click here


​​​​​​​CMS launches chronic care management initiative - CMS is seeking to encourage more providers to participate in its chronic care management program: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an education program aimed at encouraging more providers to take advantage of Medicare reimbursements for chronic care management services.” click here


Connected Care - The Chronic Care Management Resource: “Doctors may be unknowingly leaving hundreds of millions in federal funding on the table that would compensate them to better care for the sickest Medicare beneficiaries, and the CMS is launching a national campaign Wednesday to encourage physicians to take advantage of the funds.” click here



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